FFFMM VII: Ixion: The Dark Horse of Djose!
Introduction: The Equine Experiment.
Within the pantheon of Final Fantasy’s summonable creatures Ixion does not often show himself (his first and most notable appearance being in FFX); yet he’s clearly made an impression and maintains a modest fanbase. Unless specified, this article shall mainly be discussing the FFX summon which set the standard on which other depictions of Ixion were based.
Ixion is presented as a robust unicorn possessing an elemental affiliation with lightning. When Ixion was introduced for the first time in FFX he represented the element of lightning among the pantheon of Aeons (summons) which the summoner Yuna collected. Lined up next to popular fan favourites (Ifrit, fire; Shiva, ice; Bahamut, non-elemental) it becomes apparent that Ixion has replaced FF’s staple lightning character: Ramuh. Ixion was used in his first appearance, it seems, as a trial seeing if fans would either warm to a new character or not notice the absence of an old favourite.
Why change? Could it be because Ramuh does not belong to a clear mythology of his own (except, perhaps, being indirectly based on Hindu mythology)? Ixion’s inclusion was not the first time that Square had parted ways with Ramuh in a major Final Fantasy title; FFVIII replaced Ramuh with the Mesoamerican winged serpent god Quetzalcoatl (named Quezacotl to fit the game’s character limit). It seems that Square went through a phase of experimenting with new lightning based characters pulled from recognisable mythologies, which the enigmatic character of